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state department officials they say the stockpiles that the isis are coming across are old degraded probably no chemical webs value could be dangerous if moved. looking back at my opening lines, the first impressions you have, rows of rusting chemical war fair, equipment rot income a warehouse and the last line was this is a site that the weapons inspectors probably won't have to come back to. it was bombed in 1991. it's a large site, 15 square miles roughly in the desert, bunker type warehouses, the birthplace of saddam hussein's biological weapons production. the heart of his chemical weapons production but the impression was it had been bombed in '91. weapons inspectors filled a lot of equipment with concrete. it was a relatively unusual state and when we went there, it was rotting lined up in these bunkers. so what there would be now after again it's been cataloged post 2004, it would strike me as not a lot of use but a great danger to somebody who might try and tamper with it. >> jim shutto what are you hearing from your sources or the state department and pentagon about capabi
military and fighting against isis which has captured several cities near baghdad. he is planning to send 300 advisors. this is 30 minutes. the president:i wanted to provide you an update on how we are responding to the situation. first we are trying to secure the embassy in iraq and i have taken steps to relocate the personal and sent reinforcement to better secure our facilities. second, we have increased our intelligence and reconnaissance assets so we have a better picture of what is taking place inside iraq and this will give us a greater understanding of what they are doing and how it is located and how we might support efforts to counter the threat. third, the united states will continue to increase your support to iraqi security forces. we are prepared to have centers to share intelligence. we are prepared to work with congress to provide additional equipment. we are prepared to send a small number of military advisors on how we can best train iraqi forces going forward. american forces will not be returning to combat in iraq. but we will help them as they take the fight to terror
the movements of al qaeda, the isis army back and forth to syria because it's easy to do that. there is not cover there. and you saw the pictures of the big armaments that the al qaeda's captured going back into the syrian battle. that could have been wiped off the map, you know, by our plane. so we got a carrier there now. we he have a kuwait air base. saudi air base. i mean, you know, we can do it if we want. >> sure. the president is adamant that he is not going to be engaged in a military way. he is just not. >> well, he made clear. he called iraq a dumb war. more than a decade ago. and he is locked in on the idea. he doesn't want to get drawn into a major conflict. that's his position. but i think he also, we should note. left the door open to u.s. air strikes today by saying, look, you know, there could be targeted military action down the road. and what i would watch is these military advisors are collecting intelligence of the president. so they might find where are the spots that we could target the extremists. we don't want to be hitting civilians obviously. number o
intelligence and surveillance to get a picture, a better idea of the terror group isis. and number three, provide an additional 300 military advisers to help train and support iraqi forces. the president says he will consult congress if he decides to use military force. >>> speaking of which, a big move in congress today, house republicans elected a new majority leader. it's kevin mccarthy from bakersfield. the 49-year-old mccarthy is the first californian and the youngest person to ever be the majority leader. he becomes the second most powerful person in the house behind the speaker of the house, john boehner. mccarthy was elected to congress just eight years ago. he replaces eric cantor, who lost in the virginia primary last week. >>> one man. >> one man. >> one woman. >> one woman. >> a controversial march against gay marriage hit the streets of washington, d.c. today. and despite pleas from hundreds of san franciscans, the city's archbishop went anyway. nbc bay area's mark matthews is live outside grace's cathedral with more. you spoke one-on-one with the archbishop, and he is not b
in baiji is under the control of isis or the iraqi government. the "associated press" reports videos airing on arab television show the black flag of isis flying from a building within the refinery complex. meanwhile, the usual suspects, senators john mccain, lindsey graham today said while the president's decision to send military advisers is a positive step, he should not condition greater military action upon political change in iraq. as for republicans who weren't in national office for the first iraq war, there was eager positioning today. >> do we deal with them now when they still have not created that calafate or deal with them five, ten years down the road when they've established the safe haven and significant operational capacity? >> in the last five years, america has receded from leadership in the world. and into that vacuum have stepped nations like iran, like russia, like china. as we've abandoned our allies. the consequence has been to make the world a much, much more dangerous place. >> regardless of how congressional leaders may or may not try to frame the current crisis,
, but isis is clever. it has huge amounts of money and plant he of warning of american airstrikes. anyway, air strikes alone will not stop these men. people here are acutely aware how close isis has come to baghdad. boat awaye this heading northward, it will lead you to buckle the, where isis is writing. it's only -- where isis is fighting. it's only 37 miles away. it looks as though the advance has been halted, bogged down, but it still represents a very real danger. >> fear of isis and the civil war has gripped the city. these are not just empty because the temperature is 43 degrees centigrade. some people are staying indoors, but others are leaving altogether. this is a staunchly sunni suburb. people are worried about isis, but they are even more scared of a civil war with the shia majority. >> the situation is really bad. we do not feel safe, even in our houses or at work or walking down the street. >> his friend feels the same. >> we cannot get out of the suburb. we are afraid of being killed or kidnapped. the government does nothing for us. >> most sunnis agree about that. the prime
some tweets using the #yet to isis in response to this campaign, he says those have only helped bring attention to this campaign. >> that's correct terrific. >> real money with ali velshi is next. >>> iraq pushing for u.s. air strikes as insurgents push toward bagdad. i'm looking at what america could do to quell the chaos. also oil versus water, i'm looking at both sides of a battle over a pipeline set to run right through a watershed that millions of people depend on. plus, you just got your diploma, now you need a job. i'll tell you the fields that are hiring. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money." ♪ >> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show, tell me what is on your mind by tweeting me or hitting me up on facebook. the chaos in iraq continues. sunni muslim officials kept up their attack on the largest oil refinery, and fighters raised the flag of the islamic state of iraq and the levant. meanwhile iraqi prime minister called up retired and reserve officers who active duty on the front lines. that now spans much of northern and western iraq. an
advisers will head to iraq to combat the terror group isis that is gaining ground. >> we're prepared to send a small number of additional american military advisers, up to 300, to assess how we can best train, advise and support iraqi security forces going forward. >> some are now asking is this mission creep? in iraq today the country's security forces are conducting air strikes of their own targeting militants who took control of tal afar, one of five major cities that have been completely or partially overtaken by isis. 50 rebels were killed in those strikes. mourners laid to rest 31 relatives when isis militants attacked three villages burning homes, women and elderly among the dead. they're raging at the country's biggest oil refinery which was attacked by isis. you can see the smoke. this image is a satellite image. you're looking down from space. and you can see how dark and thick that smoke is from this height. police say isis now controls 60% of that crucial refinery. so how involved will the united states get? the entire world needs the answer to that question. jim acosta b
of iraq. as isis, a group of radical islamic terrorists so extreme, they were thrown out of al qaeda is systematically taking over more and more of that nation. they're stated objective is to create an islamic califate that runs from syria to iraq, and then to work to exterminate jordan, israel and ultimately america. the 1990s, there were roughly 1.2 million christians living in iraq. today there are fewer than 300,000. christians are being persecuted in stunning numbers. they are being stoned, they are being tortured. they are being beheaded, they are being crucified. that's what's happening for people speaking out to their faith. and that's not just people from other nations. pastor saeed abedine. he's an american, an american citizen, a resident of idaho. he was in his native country of iran, building an orphanage when he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of sharing his christian faith. eight years in prison. his wife and his two little kids live in idaho right now. i've had the opportunity to sit down and visit with his wife. she shared a story before this sen
administration did wrong in iraq. and how close is isis to achieving its ultimate goal. we investigate plus congresswoman served in iraq. she goes "on the record" in minutes. first to baghdad. jane is there live. jane, first of all, has the word sort of gotten there about the 300 advisors? >> well it has filtered in. most important to most iraqis, greta than potential air strikes that really has a lot of people unsettled here. it's what has kept people off the streets. the 300 advisors, as long as they don't see them, not too much of a problem in most people's minds. >> how does it feel there right now? you have been there for some time. does it more dangerous like more trouble on the way? do you worry about the islamic jihadists coming up the road to baghdad? >> >> well, there is a lot of people in the green zone worried about that and the green zone, of course, is home to the u.s. embassy and to iraqi government officials. but, it really varies. depending on how close you are to the cities that have been taken over. near mosul in the north where i was just a couple days ago, things are ex
't mention air strikes, something the iraqi government requested to fight back against isis extremists. taking control of the key cities he indicated a wait and see approach. >> we'll be prepared to take targeted military actions if, and when, we determine that the situation on the ground requires it. >> republicans have been calling for a swift u.s. military response to stabilize worsening crisis >> there are no good options remaining. this is a culmination of failure after failure of the administration. >> u.s. fighter jets are gathering intelligence and officials say launching air strikes is a major challenge the president said the u.s. will coordinate a diplomatic effort to stabilize iraq the effective response will be one where iraqis are in charge. >> abc7 news we'll have reaction from veteran who's fought in iraq about the current crisis. >> dozens of cdc employees may have been exposed to anthrax. staff exposed to a dangerous bacteria. about 75 people are being monitor order given ant yotices. officials say there is no risk to the public. in a statement cdc says it is unaccepta
. the president didn't direct air strikes against isis which is fighting its way to baghdad. he did direct a shipment of intelligence capabilities to iraq to identify what he called potential targets for such strikes. he did direct hubs hundreds of u.s. add vievisers to aide the government now. he did urge president malaki to form a more inclusive government saying we'll send him initial aid nonetheless, no matter what he does or doesn't do. the question tonight for all of us watching and here on this program is under what constitutional or moral right are we inching our way into an iraqi civil war based on religion? is this what the american people want? why, will someone tell me, do the television networks and newspapers continue to accept the discrediteded voices of the people who sold us into invading and occupying iraq in the first place? all those people want is what they wanted from the start -- as massive u.s. military bassen chon permanently in the middle east with an arm's reach within every country in the region which fails to march to the our orders. they wanted us to knock off
have happened probably in january when isis took over fallujah, we feel like we've been taken off guard and there's an oh my goodness, isis exists in iraq. it's existed for a long time. i agree with the initial steps, but meanwhile you have this blitzkrieg by isis that's going on, taking on city after city, beheading people and krauting their jihadist state. i think air strikes would stop the move of isis in the town. >> the problem is knowing where to strike. >> right. >> and that's part of what the capability is going to allow us to do. >> when we left in 2011, we pulled the plug on our ability to have intelligence and reconnaissance. i flew isr. i think developing the targets is good and if he's not strikesing because we don't have the intel, that's one thing. but if you have trucks moving out in the open. can you blow those up and freeze ice nis the towns they're in and stop the forward momentum. >> congresswoman sanchez, we have reports that isis stole over $400 million from an iraqi bank, their flag is now flying over the country's biggest oil refinery and there are some reports t
williams is in northern iraq with the kurds. >> reporter: so the mountains are controlled by isis. >> yes. >> reporter: we traveled with kurdish fighters north of kirkuk, not far from where they're taking on the militants. they're disciplined and well equipped, but their goal is to protect their own region in the northeast, not to push the militants out of iraq for good. and like everyone else here, they want control of this. oil is iraq's most lucrative industry, but it's also this country's curse because people are willing to fight and die for it. at this checkpoint outside the oil fields, the kurdish fighters can see the militants but they're not confronting. but isis is over there. terrorists? >> yeah. >> reporter: with different groups battling for their own interests, many here believe iraq can no longer survive as one state pup had contact with the americans. >> before. >> reporter: sheikh ali hattam is a tribal leader who's worked with the u.s. to defeat islamic militants. "we have two options," he told us. "splitting the country or civil war, and splitting the country is better t
. wored that isis could invade or at least send car bombs here. they want the u.s. bombing now, and make no mistake. this is a u.s. military intervention. they are not american boots on the ground, but these advisers are going to be working with the iraqi military, guiding the military, picking targets, helping the military to take back the half dozen or so cities that have been taken by isis. the issue is the u.s. isn't the only country d this. there are already iranian advisers on the ground doing almost exactly the same thing, working with the iraqi army, telling it where to go. the image i've had in my head all day, brian, is of this driver's ed car with two steering wheels, one with the u.s. army now about 300 people on one steering whole and the iranian quds force which is often hostile to the united states at the other wheel, and i'm not sure that iran and the u.s. have any intention of driving this car in the same direction. >> as good an example as anything we can think of back here. richard engel on the streets of baghdad tonight, richard, thanks. >>> as you may note energy mar
is not facing simply from isis. that are co lessing around. and what isis is doing, they are looking at this as a whole government. they have an aid office, and a consumer protection office. and the only way we can fight that is with a whole government encounter insurgency. two tours on iraq. >>ky hear that you care. can i ask you, given the lines lost, the treasure spent, why do you still care about what happens to that. because i was there, i worked with these people, i was out and about outside the wires, they say, working with tribal leaders and i request tell you, tony, they don't want to live under some strict interpretation. but the mallky regime has given them little choice. where they have no mistake in their own governance. that gives them at least participation in the law. it is not a good choice, and i know there needs to be a third option, for that we need to have that partnership with iraqi government. do you three with with the president, or you have a different strew of this, when the president says that i.s.i.l., i.s.i.s. gaping wide control, of iraq would be a net t
the slow march of isis come across area and work through fallujah and over at period -- we have seen as violence escalates in steve ellis mining we have had this we are going to sit back attitude. we can't can have it. >> host: should those minimum turns for memory i'll maliki apply napa for united states goes in with any military airstrikes? >> guest: the united states has to be protected. if nouri al-maliki wants the united states the united states we are positioned to dictate terms or maim us. >> host: should he go? >> guest: what he has to go. he's been unable and unwilling to put a coalition together so this wouldn't happen and that was kind of a given and that was understood and that's precisely by the way the reason one of the major reasons the united states should maintain presence in iraq. not necessarily only for counterterrorism but to make sure the pressure was applied to maliki and make sure he did the right thing to secure the gains that america wanted in america paid for and the world was relying on. we walked away and let him do that on its his own. he was unprepared
. and hamas has captured teenagers. holding them, one of them, an american teenager new york israel. isis, boko haram, al qaeda and other terrorist groups are threatening liberty and freedom around the world. madam speaker, we live in a dangerous world. yet our military is being forced to make due -- make do with less. spending precious resources to follow the obama climate change agenda will compromise our national security. then this same amendment was being adopted previously, some people claimed the amendment would prevent the military from using science. that's not true. this amendment merely prevents the pentagon from spending money, precious money, to implement policies based on the obama administration's climate assessment and the united nations reports. these are widely acknowledged as political documents. adopted by people with an agenda. we should not be spending money pursuing ideological experiments when we face military challenges around the world. this amendment will ensure we maximize our military might without diverting funds for politically motivated agenda. i urge my co
be necessary to fight isis insurgents, threatening to ignite a civil war. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon with a look at what isis is trying to do, and how well it's doing it. but we begin with chief white house correspondent ed henry. what the president is trying to do and avoid. good evening, ed. >> good evening, bret. president obama decides to not completely decide. critics on the right, he's taking some military action while reassuring nervous allies on the left that this will not become mission creep. declaring the fate of iraq now hangs in the balance. president obama edged the military back into the persian gulf, deploying up to 300 military advisers to counsel the yirgy military, protect the embassy in baghdad, and collect intelligence on the militant group isis to potentially launch action down the road. >> if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it. >> reporter: the president also left the door open to a diplomatic solution, by revealing he's sending secretary of state john kerry to baghdad this weekend. he also repeatedly said u.s. troops are not goi
that areke isis leading the attacks now in iraq. >> it is very tough for the obama administration or any other american president, for that matter, to criticize an ally publicly. the u.s. likes to try back room diplomacy, having tough, frank, candid conversations in private. if that doesn't work, then you go to the megaphones and call them out publicly to try to raise your leverage, vis-À-vis friend or foe. i would like to think the obama administration, i know they have been, having the stuff coming candid, frank commerce asians directly. -- having the tough, candid, frank conversations directly. it will be beholden on the obama administration to criticize the sound is the same way they would iran or anyone else for doing destructive things in the middle east that exacerbate rather than stop the killing of innocent people. >> what is the role of syria and all of this? >> that is the wildcard. we do know a lot of the fighters that were fighting in syria against al-assad, what many have deemed the most radical of the radicals, have bled over into iraq will stop so it has become a bit of
in have no seeing isis as long-term neighbors to their south. any told us they want to see end to this calamity in iraq. they are keen to see anything that is divisive. one of the messages they will pay attention to in obama's one sect preference of over another. unfortunately, the message will be perceived as doing exactly that by sunni groups, even something as restrained as sending advisers of support to the iraqi national army. frankly, many in the sunni community view the army as a she army protecting a shia regime. isis that ist fighting the government, but a coalition of sunni tribesmen, former insurgents during the years of american occupation. broad sunni most community and the administration has to be careful not to isolate them in any of their actions. there is also a message of inclusiveness, but again, many of the sunnis here will fade is for prime late minister maliki to change his policies and start acting as an effective leader. unrest in sunni communities are exactly because sunnis andizing putting the favor of power into the shia hands. >> prime minister nouri
the producing assets, is now under the control of the kurdish i.s.i.s. penetration into these assets it could be only to the refineries. even this is in not in the hand off at the moment. we have heard today that the government has sustained the security of the refinery by sending air drops to enforce local securities within the refinery. so it is not accurate in away, that it was under attack by minirockets or something like that, but it was not impacted significantly. with regards to the middle east in general, and the international oil companies involvement, and investment, this needs to be taken seriously. we are talking about a region that holds 60% of global reserves. and for long term outlook, the international community should be obliged of protecting the interests in the middle east to sustain the continue fighter of the energy supplies uninterrupted, undisrupted, and also because this is at the end of the day, sustaining the global economy. any disruption will eventually effect outlook as a long term outlook rather than short term. >> we are going to take a short break, and when we
? and terrorists heating up as isis militants leave a trail of death in iraq. there are new concerns that they will team up with another al qaeda offshoot. and abinsult for just about everyone. a potential challenger to hillary clinton is not even in the gate yet but he's already stumbled pretty badly. why women, gay people and southerners are taking offense. wolf blitzer is on assignment. i'm brianna keilar and you're in "the situation room." >> we begin with breaking news. up to 75 government scientists and staffers possibly exposed to the deadly anthrax bacteria. the alert is taking place at the centers for disease control and prevention in atlanta. officials say it began when live samples were moved from a highly secure lab to another lab. workers believe the samples were inactive. they did not wear protective equipment. so let's get more on then like serious breach. how could this happen? this was a safety lab taking this anthrax and moving it to a lower biosafety lab, one that takes less precautions. they were supposed to inactivate the bacteria first, wait 4 hours to make sure
the inevitable. isis is the group that essentially hugs the population. it is too late. it is sliding into a sectarian civil war. it is not the job of the united states of america to come in and defend maliki and his 900-person army and the shia militia if they can't do it themselves. i would have liked what president obama did better if he would have said, i'm not going to do anything. i'm not. let them fight it out. >> let them fight it out. jennifer griffin reported earlier that isis is becoming more of an army than a terror group. does that change it for you? >> no, this is predictable. we could have seen this coming when we invaded iraq. the fact is, there are a lot of shia out there to fight. i wouldn't be so quick to give up baghdad here or give up the oil refinery. there's a lot of questions whether this group has it or not. the fact that there was a lack of intelligence bothers me. the thing is, you can't put together something like this and move on the refinery -- >> did obama make the right call saying they would send up to 300 security advisers and maybe some air missions,
, get them a fighting force, get them back together so they can fight the terrorist group isis. it's pretty clear the president, as i saw it anyway, has a really good, academic understanding of what's going on, and i think he has command of the issue. today, you could say, was the end of cowboy diplomacy. someone is actually thinking about what we're going to do. meanwhile, the hecklers in the stand, well, they just can't keep their mouth shut. john mccain came out this morning as quick as he could after morning coffee and gave his expert opinion on national security. >> and what has the united states of america done? today we see on the front page of "the washington post," u.s. sees risk in iraqi air strikes. the president of the united states goes for fund-raising and golfing and now is fiddling while iraq burns. we need to act, mr. president, but we also need to understand why we are where we are today. >> of course, bush never played golf, did he? next, john boehner also had to jump in. when was the last time you've seen boehner really comment hard on iraq or ever show any real
people were killed. no one's claimed responsibility, but the militant group, isis, has vowed to take its fight to baghdad. today, the president said the military is ready to take precise and targeted agos in iraq but mr. obama stressed again he will not send u.s. ground combat troops ithe coun >> there's no military solution inside iraq, certainly not one led by the united states. >> the 300 military advisers the president announced today would join about 275 other troops already being positioned in and around iraq. now, we are monitoring how the iraq situation is affecting gas prices here at home as well. the national average for a gallon of gas is at 3.67. that, by the way, the highest for this time of year since 2008. the national average will soon likely surpass this year's high of 370 a gallon and this is the time of year gas prices usually drop. >>> we have seen our fair share of a rainy day today, this afternoon, much of the area. light rain moving south a chance of a thunderor iladphia, the dirg rig will c into tomorrow. for part of the week, we have thunderstorms around, doe
and launching air strikes without civilian casualtys challenging. this illustrates why, determining the isis militants is difficult nearly improbable. >> it's not like looking at a convoy and immediately striking it. >> president obama said that the u.s. will coordinate diplomatic efforts to stabilize iraq but the best response from extremists will be one where the iraqis take the lead. reporting live from washington, karen travers, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you karen the coverage continues on world news with diane sawer. they will have more from president obama and the possible threat to the u.s. that is at 6:30 right after "action news." >>> back here a north philadelphia funeral director charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman. his attorney says his client loved the victim like a grandmother and they are outrageous in their scope and misleading in their presentation. they say he stole $300,000 from an elderly neighbor that suffered memory loss after a fall. the niece and nephew noticed the missing money and reported it. >>> lets go to the traff
intelligence and training. >> the best and most effective response to a threat like isis will ultimately involve partnership where is local forces like iraqis take the lead. >> reporter: but the president made it clear u.s. ground troops will not return to iraq. and stressed that solutions to the violence are political, not military. >> the united states will not pursue military options to support one secretary inside of iraq at the expense of another. there's no military solution inside of iraq certainly not one that is led by the united states. >> reporter: despite calls for the leader of iraq to step down for his role in coaxing sectarian divisions, obama says, it is not his job to pull the plug on prime minute steer nori al maliki. republicans are blasting the president obama for failing to take action and want to see more help than the president has outlined. >> my hope is that it is the first step in a multi step process. >> i am convinced that the national security of the united states of america is at risk here. >> reporter: the president has vowed that he will consult with congr
will be getting the latest from northern iraq in a moment but first this report. >> airstrikes on isis positions. this is part of attempts to push back the radical sunni militants who have held the city since sunday. a military spokesman said 50 isis fighters were killed. the battle between government troops and isis forces is still raging for the country's biggest oil refinery. there are conflicting reports about who controls the plant, but its loss would be devastating to the government. it was show its powerlessness to halt the insurgency. hundreds of thousands of iraqis are fleeing the offensive. since isis took the northern city of mosul, many have crossed into the kurdish autonomous region. as iraqi forces struggle to stop the advance of the sunni militants, there appears to be no and to the number of volunteers in baghdad willing to help in the fight. their fear that the sunni insurgency could be the death of iraq as a nationstate. >> how dire is the situation for iraq right now? >> well, we are getting conflicting reports about what exactly is happening at that oil refinery. the governm
no toisis. >> and they have been taking part in the campaign, rejecting isil. >> they have the # no to i.s.i.s., yes to iraq. this has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with with humanity. you also have this one, two friends, she writes and she is my best friend, she is sunni, and she is my best friend. >> now i spoke to one of the iraqis taking part in this campaign, she said the violence is not about shiite verses sunni. take a look. >> our message is to try to unite all iraqis there are obviously some people that will fry their best to make this into a sectarian issue, make it out like it is a shiite led government, killing off sunnies or the other way around, so what we are trying to say is it isn't only shiites. it is not only churches that are being destroyed and burned, it is not only christian graveyards that are being attacked. it is the whole of iraq under attack. by this terrorist group. he has seen some tweets. it only makes this campaign all the more powerful. >> that's the way to go. maria, appreciate it, spain's new king was quick to try and bring a fractured cou
be doing and how will they be kept safe? iraqi forces clashing with isis fighters in the northern city of kirkuk as the militants continue to make their march towards baghdad. president obama finally weighing in. >> we're prepared to send a small number of additional american military advisors up to 300, to assess how we can best train, advise and support iraqi security forces going forward. >> with isis now less than 40 miles from baghdad, the president also said the troops will keep an eye on the perimeter around the capital to see where isis is going next. the u.s. troops, army parades, rangers and navy seals have fought in combat in the region for years. this time the job is different it. they urgently will work to get iraqi troops and commanders back in the fight and collect intelligence about the militants' next moves in case air strikes become necessary. already, fighter jets from the carrier "george h.w. bush" are flying over backed conducting surveillance. the ground troops also offer at several iraqi headquarters around the country, not on the front lines but they may we'll b
circumstances in iraq. just because iran fears the isis jihadists, it does not follow that we should partner with them in this fight. the enemy of our enemy in this instance is not our friend. if we cannot secure our people absent iranian involvement, we need to get them out. if we cannot strike isis in iraq without iranian involvement, then we need to look for another means of doing so. isis consists of radical islamic terrorists who seek to murder americans. and yet, the iranian regime has over and over again demonstrated the same hostile intent. indeed, it is the leading sponsor of terrorism across the world. madam president, it is deeply concerning that not only secretary of state john kerry, but also former secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense chuck hagel have all signaled in recent days that they are actively interested in exploring a partnership with iran to deal with iraq. indeed, today president obama publicly suggested -- quote -- "iran can play a constructive role." this is the height of foolishness. it is deeply disturbing that so many current and former se
-called play back of isis, published in march and reads like a corporate annual report on all of their military activities in iraq since 2012. it breaks down iraq into seven aors or areas of responsibility. the former terror group looks like it has learned how to clear, hold, and build a key doctrine of u.s. counterinsurgency. >> these are planned, coordinated, prepared offenses that are extremely well-executed and we need to be thinking more in terms of how to disrupt their strategy as if they were a conventional enemy and not just a terrorist organization. >> last year according to the report, isis carried out 9,540 operations in iraq, committed 1,083 assassinations, planted 4,465 roadside bombs, 238 suicide attacks, as of 2013 isis claims to have 16,000 fighters. their immediate goal was to capture mosul, chit did last week. former and current military officials are against u.s. air strikes. >> this cannot be the united states being the air force for shia mil lit yas or a shia on sunni arab fight. >> that is general david petraeus, the former top commander in iraq. the report, however, shows
and push back isor or isis, whichever acronym you prefer. >> the cover story on the magazine puts it auspiciously, perhaps, in a worrisome fashion, on the other hand, perhaps, suggests the end of iraq, and it feels like and looks like the borders that were established after world war imai be completely erased, and i wonder what your estimation of this situation is when it comes to that question. >> we don't know how it will turn out in the end, but the point the cover story is making is that the borders in this part of the world were always drawn by europe, essentially after the war and have always been under tension and the fighting in syria and the breaking apart of syria and now that war spilling over the border, the missteps by the iraqi government combined with the sunnis in the north of the country aligning themselves essentially, the tribes there aligning themselves with isis or isor, depending on what you want to call it depending that it will be difficult to maintain those old borders and the best outcome in a lot of ways is that federation that we were just talking about
are already flying surveillance. republicans wanted air strikes on isis, sunni fanatics in baghdad. >> air strikes are an important factor, psychologically and many other ways. >> reporter: in iraq today, government forces retook an oil refinery and more shiites signed up to fight in what for them is a religious war. should america take sides? hundreds of isis fighters have u.s. passports and hope to bring the jihad home. conservatives warn -- >> keep the war over there so it doesn't come over here. >> reporter: but after a decade in iraq, president obama says he's learned a lesson. >> the need for the united states to ask hard questions before we take action abroad. particularly military action. >> reporter: so he is not jumping back in to the chaos in iraq. president obama said this has to be solved by the iraqis, setting aside their differences. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> the ongoing crisis in iraq continues to drive up gas prices here at home. the national average for a gallon of gas is $3.67. that's the highest for this time of year since 8. e national average wil
surge as we have been reporting on cnn by these isis militants. sunni, jihadists, honing in on the capital city of baghdad. as we get reports, thousands of civilians are homeless, fossed into makeshift refugee camps. joining me now, cnn's jim acosta, senior white house correspondent. jim, we will get to your question of the president in just a moment. to be crystal clear, we are talking up to 300 military adviser. the president said advising iraqi iraqis. how exactly? >> it just so happens the administration officials are holding a background conference where they are lay thing out. i can give you some brand-new information on this. these officials on this conference call are saying that at first, they are going to be sending in several small teams of adviser about a dozen each to establish what they are calling these joint operation centers with iraqi forces. your heard the president mention joint operation centers during his remarks in the briefing room. at this stage, what they are going in to do is really advising and consulting with the iraqis. this is not a combat r
not been able to hold back fighters from the islamic state of iraq and syria, or isis. either they haven't been able to hold them back or haven't tried, and it appeared haven't triafed is more accurate. getting to baghdad will be a difficult task. the militants are right now engaged in a dramatic badle for iraq's largest oil refinery, and there are trouble reports of the isis black flag now flying above the compound there. more on the latest coming up. first we're getting reaction to the presidents a announcement today. some of the g.o.p. says the president's actions understatement the serious threat of the terror group. the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, ed royce, says, and i quote, the step he announced or needed but fall short of stopping this group from gaining power which includes drone strikes. presidentpresident obama will ln the possibility of drone strikes in the future. ed henry is live. what were your big takeaways today? >> i think you underliked a key point which is that the president said again and again, american forces are not returning to combat operati
. people here are nervous that isis militants are going to attack the city or at the very least send in suicide bombs and car bombs. they want this offensive to stop. and they've been watching their own government, their own security forces not be up to the job. in fact, entire divisions of the iraqi army just melt away. and they want the u.s. to help, help get the iraqi armed forces back on the right track, carry out air strikes. this is something that they definitely want to see. because let's be totally clear about what's going to happen. the president talked about 300 or up to 300 advisers joining the advisers who are already here. these are military advisers. these are people who pick coordinates. these are people who operate radios and joy sticks and help guide iraqi troops to target. they will work with the iraqis and say, well, you should flank from the left and go to the right and encircle the target and help the iraqi army. to recapture the half dozen towns and cities that have been taken over by the militants. so they will have a lethal role, not directly, but behind the s
by another name that's referred to, isil. the same organization, isis and isil. i want on bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. president obama talking about sending troops but really empa sizing and saying, let me repeat, they will not return to combat. >> right. they will not return to combat. he said, when asked by jim acosta, he was, of course, concerned about mission creep. he didn't intend for there to be any mission creep. he wanted to sort of get that out there. but at the same time, he also said, quote, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if we conclude the situation on the ground requires it. he didn't rule that out. he did make the case that he thought this could become a very dangerous sanctuary for terrorists. so he was making the case to the american people about why he needs to send these 300 so-called military adviser. clearly not something he wants to do but something he feels like he has to do. >> michael, obviously he -- he wanted to make sure there was not a civil war in iraq. he wanted to prevent there being terrorist safe haven
of this but ice ill, or isis, the same group involved in syria, is not simply a bunch of sunni syrians or iraqis, these are foreign fighters including hundreds that are estimated to have come from the west, who have flocked to syria and now iraq to partnership in this fight. -- participate in this fight. in addition to that this group in order to make the advances and gains it's now making in iraq require as any force would distinct supply lines that allow them to transport individuals and weapons and ammunition in addition to, by the way, the things that they're now getting their hands on as they make these advances. one of the goals the united states must have working in conjunction with others is to sever those supply lines so they cannot continue to make these gains. the second thing that i hope this is part of a process of doing, what the president announced today is the beginning of a process that would achieve is focusing on the command and control areas that they currently operate frim from within syria. without these safe havens they would not possibly be able to expand the reach they n
: they said they are not targeting oil installation, it is all fine, then they take over the refinery, isis, it is clear when you talk to various analysts the first thing they do is target each other's military installation, oil installation. that has to be a worry. >> the white house squirms in the north where refineries are, that could lead to supply/demand problems and an oil spike but not here yet. >> it is apples and oranges. vietnam was we were worried about a domino effect, we weren't in vietnam, we didn't go, we can come back again, we ritter and stayed there and we were mired down. with happened in iraq is we were very successful. when our troops are there that place was much more stable environment and i think the market is saying this is essentially good. u.s. forces are the best forces in the world, they are going to be there to help the iraqis protect the oil fields and the bottom line is this, you can say what you want about the domino theory and communism spreading throughout the world, you have a radical state that could be established in one of the most vital parts of the w
easy for these isis militants to storm through these towns. the people in those town, the sunnis, actually trust the isis, more than she rusted the maliki government. maliki now knows that, he knows his country is in dire shape. he is pleading with the united states for air strikes and help, so the united states, in that sense, is in a good position to pressure maliki. he needs help. >> that's where the leverage comes right now. the president saying he's open to military action, not prepa d prepared. i'll bring in steve ganyar who served in iraq and in the state department and defense department. steve tell us what difference these 300 special forces can make if all 300 are sent and what kind of targeted air strikes are we talking about here? >> i think there's a distinction here, george. the president seemed to be very clear he was not going to have them do anything other than training. you know when president kennedy started the special force, army green berets as we know them. that's their training. putting them in there is what they're designed to do. you have to think back,
referring to the terrorist group isil. we've been calling the same group isis. it's all the same. this group highly armed, highly motivateds and now within threatening distance of baghdad where the u.s. has a highly visible startlingly expensive big target, the embassy. we learned the u.s. will send some military advisers, a group under 300. the president was asked and answered the question about mission creep, that great old xprigs expression that came to us out of the vietnam war and well as the notion of military advisers. he said something interesting an vindicating the sacrifice of u.s. troops. 9 president's next event, to award the medal of hopp honor t one of our afghanistan veterans. more on tonight the "nightly news." i'm brian williams for our team >>> right now at 11:00, you've been listening to president obama respond to the crisis in iraq. how he's helping the iraqi government beat back militants. >>> plus, a bay area mom accused of choking a student speaking out for the first time. what she has to say about not being charged yet. >>> and an 11-year-old girl from the bay area ma
are afraid that militants from isis, this al qaeda offshoot which the president was also calling isil, same group, there are concerns that militant organization could raid the city and bring the war here to the capital. so people in baghdad are going to be extremely relieved. they want the u.s. bombing this group now and not tomorrow. let's be clear about what the president just said. 300 military advisers to help advise the iraqi army. these are special forces. these are people who will be on the ground, on the radios, at the joy sticks, gathering intelligence, producing intelligent packets to give to the iraqi troops. so you have the americans here effectively teaching the iraqis how to use the equipment that the americans left behind. how to carry out air strikes, how to move their tanks, how to take back cities. this is military involvement, but by remote control. and iraqis, they are -- they'll be very happy to see this. one, you don't see american troops on the ground, which is embarrassing. it hurts their national pride and could bring up old memories of the war. but this group, isis
since isis and syria made advances inside of iraq. today i want to provide you an update on how we are responding to the situation. we are working to secure our personnel inside of iraq. so, i have taken steps to relocate some of our embassy personnel and we have sent reinforcements to better secure our facilities. we have increased our intelligence so that we have a better picture of what is take ing place inside of iraq. the united states will continue to enforce security operations centers. we will coordinate planning and we are prepared to work with congress to provide additional equipment and we have had advisers through iraq and we are prepared to send a small number of military advisers up to 300 to assess how we can best train, advice and support security forces going forward. american forces will not be returning to combat in iraq. we will help iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists as they threaten the people and interests as well. we are developing more information about potential targets and going forward we will be prepared to take targeted and prepared military a
collect intelligence on the islamic militants of the group isis which has seized territory in northern iraq and is advancing closer to baghdad. the special operations teams would likely be made up of green berets, army rangers and navy s.e.a.l.s. president obama currently is meeting with his national security team right now. his statement which was previously scheduled to begin a half hour ago is now set for 1:15 eastern, in about 15 minutes. cnn, of course, covering this story from all the angles. we begin with senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim? >> reporter: jake, as you said, the president is expected to come into the briefing room in about 15 minutes to lay out his strategy for the next chapter for the united states in iraq. as you've been saying for the last 15, 20 minutes, this has been a difficult chapter for the united states because of the war that began back in 2003. the president's decision to end that war back in 2011, and now he's coming under heavy criticism from republicans up on capitol hill who are saying now that he made a mistake in not getting a forces
in response to the latest events, the advance of isis in iraq or is it rather the case that's it's time to cut our losses and recognize we don't know what we're doing in iraq, we never have known and then we should not try to remedy a situation we don't know how to fix? >> you know, it was my understanding there would be no math. yeah, a good question and a tough one. i think what we -- you know what we've seen over the past couple days, this idea, normalizing the idea we're going to try to formally discuss the situation with iran, iran, you know, i don't need to remind people here, iran walked in behind the tracks of the u.s. tanks. they have a much broader and deeper understanding of iraq than we do and certainly their foreign policy, their national security policy over the past several decades was a raid toward preventing iraq emerging as a threat after the iran/iraq war so i think trying to work with them and what we're doing right now to say to maliki one of the roots of the problem here is that you're just not governing in an inclusive way. way, listen, what tools do we have to make him
minister maliki to reach out to the sunni leaders who may or may not have joined the isis fighters. right now the count row is devoided and a political solution seems very, very unlikely. >> that is ominous news. thank you. our brave soldiers who fought and sacrificed in iraq have a special perspective on the fighting there. we'll get insights from a veteran who served in one of the most dangerous jobs in iraq. pardon me. >> you can get some water. >> thank you. >>> the other big story is happening in the southern border and texas is leading a new push to secower the southern border are as the u.s. struggles to keep with the immigrants. texas cannot wait for washington and ordering state resources to the border. here's more from casy on what is happening there. >> reporter: state leaders are taking matters in their open hand. governor rick perry is ordered a law- enforcement surge operation down in the border and the texas department of public safety and dps is tasked with the job. though just how many trooper ares are going to be deployed for this mission is not made public at this poin
are coming one day after he met with congressional leaders at the white house. as this is happening, isis sunni insurgents continue to advance virtually unchecked towards baghdad. joining me to look ahead at the president's remarks, nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd. also host of "the daily rundown here" and david gregory, host of nbc's "meet the press." chuck, what are you hearing there at the white house about the contients of this announcement? >> we know the biggest news is sending secretary kerry to iraq. they've hit a road block with maliki. part of the president's, what he said last friday is that no military. he's not going to really okay a major military commitment to deal with the iraq chaos if there's not an equivalent if not stronger effort, on the political side by maliki. from what i've heard about various attempts, whether it's vice president biden who personally has a good relationship with maliki, every attempt to have maliki, hey, guy, you have to deal with this political situation. you have to reform your government. you have to figure out how to create a
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